A recap of the Seahawks’ 45-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field on Sunday:
PLAYER OF THE GAME: RUSSELL WILSON
The handwringing over
In case you lost track, that’s four TD passes in less than three quarters to tie his career best. And as backup QB
And Wilson and the offense had a breakthrough day on this day against an overmatched Jaguars defense that was playing without its starting cornerbacks.
“They’re a great team. That’s a Super Bowl-caliber team, and they showed it,” Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny said. “They have weapons at every position. It was challenge for us.”
“Russell played great,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He was all over the place making great plays and throws and he used a bunch of receivers. It was really exciting to see that.”
“It’s Russell Wilson,” Baldwin said. “That guy is unbelievable. That one play he had in the red zone where he pump-faked, spun around and then threw the touchdown to Zach.”
That described Wilson’s second TD pass to Miller, a 4-yarder in the second quarter.
“That’s just the epitome of what Russell Wilson is,” Baldwin said. “We’re obviously glad to have him on our team.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: With apologies to each of the four TD passes thrown by Wilson and caught by Miller and Rice, Baldwin’s one-hander of a 35-yard pass from Jackson in the third quarter was, well, special. Oh, and Jaguars cornerback Will Blackmon wasn’t just on the coverage, he appeared to have had a better shot at catching the pass than Baldwin.
“I saw the coverage with Will Blackmon, so I just tried to put it out there outside and give him a shot to catch it,” Jackson said. “And he made a great catch. I saw we had press-man (coverage) with Doug Baldwin and Will Blackmon and I just wanted to give him a shot and let him make a play.”
Defense: Late in the second quarter, a Chad Henne pass kissed off the helmet of Jaguars center Brad Meester. Middle linebacker
“It was a good play and we needed it,” said Wagner, who also had a team-high nine tackles. “They were coming down and trying to score in the red zone. So the defense needed to come up and make a play and I got the ball.”
The offense then drove 79 yards in just 34 seconds to a touchdown pass that made it 24-0 at the half.
Special teams: Not a lot to choose from, so let’s go with
Other than that, Carroll offered, “I don’t know much more than that right now.”
After going up 38-7 in the third quarter, Carroll was able to display the depth on the roster. In addition to Jackson taking over for Wilson, rookie tackles
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“We did a lot of good things today. Across the board, we played cleaner and sharper.”
“To have a chance to get Michael Bowie in the game and Alvin Bailey at the same time, it was really awesome,” Carroll said. “We got everybody to play today, and they got significant playtime. … We’ll benefit from that in the long run.”
During the pregame introduction of the defense, the members of the Legion of Boom secondary came out one by one. But cornerbacks
“That’s something we came up with, because you’ve got to realize it’s not just us four,” Thomas said. “We’re all defensive backs and we all take something from each other. That’s what it’s all about. We’re one unit and we take pride in it.”
Browner, who also was making his 2013 debut after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury, had two passes defensed.
After being penalized 19 times for 183 yards in their first two games, the Seahawks had four penalties for 24 yards against the Jaguars.